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    Baja Bytes Weekly Overview
    Friday, October 16, 2015
    Gary Graham

    Que Pasa

    Canadian angler, Brian Walley, fishing aboard the private yacht, Reel Energy, landed a 419-pound black marlin in the first day of the Los Cabos Billfish Tournament. This was the first black marlin we have reported this season and so far, it is leading the tournament.

    Baja Sur's annual fall tournament season is underway in Baja Sur. In spite of concerns that all the fish are up in Southern California, the Los Cabos Billfish event has posted both a black and blue marlin qualifiers, as well as wahoo and tuna. And they still have one day of fishing left – today, Friday.

    Baja Sur's annual Fall Tournament season

    • Los Cabos Billfish Tournament October 13 - 17, 2015

    • 26th Lynn Rose East Cape Classic October 14 - 18 at Hotel Palmas De Cortez

    • Los Cabos Offshore Tournament (Baby Bisbee) October 16 - 18, 2015

    • Bisbee Black and Blue October 20 - 24, 2015

    • 3rd Annual Van Wormer Resort Tuna Shoot Out, October 24, 2015

    • 16th Annual WON/Yamaha Los Cabos Tuna Jackpot November 4 - 7, 2015

    • Los Cabos Big Game Charter Boat Classic November 16-20, 2015

    Watch for updates in Baja Bytes

    Coronado Islands

    The Coronado Islands – An Enigma


    The Coronado’s are dirty, dirty. No life around the islands.…www.fishdope.com



    Salsipuedes is kicking out some yellowtail as conditions continue to be unsettled offshore. Most boats either stayed in or fished for bottom fish along the coast and Todos Santos. …Edgar Sanchez Coral Marine Store

    San Quintín

    Same story here. For the first time in a long time, it didn't seem to be much happening, based on the lack of posts.

    Bahía de Los Ángeles

    Good yellowtail fishing once the bait was located. Best place to catch bait was at Don Juan Cove. First day, 18 baits produced 17 yellowtail up 30-pounds; second day, 10 baits produced another 3 yellowtail plus we caught 5 on cut bait and iron. …David, Peter and Sean.


    Cedros Island

    No report

    Bahía Ascensión

    It was fun fishing with you guys . . . but fishing took a dump this week with some super weird weather for October which is usually a great weather month. It has been blowing gales on some days, with rain and a huge swell, so we have fishers here that can’t get out. Tried yesterday but the water was just too green with lots of junk floating around . . . maybe tomorrow? …Shari Bondy


    La Bocana

    The Bocana fishing . . . good season of wahoo and snook. …Juanchy


    Steve Hayward, of Sea Trek Kayaking, breaking in his muscles and tan for the upcoming season. Fishing at Tinturara and La Cholla.

    Big pinto bass, cabrilla and a few stray bonito . . . mostly on live mackerel.

    Tune up time for the coming season. Big sardina on bait rigs and the first few boats out in the morning can buy mackerel . . . (if you want to pull on a bait rig at 2am like the bait guys do; that’s also an option . . . it’s for you to decide!)

    We fished a wide area Monday while avoiding some rain patches. Captain Alejandro took us out to "Tinturara" were he had hooked up the Friday before. I was wondering if I should take his report with a grain of salt, but our first hook-up validated his story.

    Fishing deep with a mackerel and 10 ounces of lead for yellowtail and some big cabrilla- that was the plan! The first bait hooked a big fish that broke off at the boat. "Broke-off" might not be the best way to describe a marlin as he ran to catch the next plane to Mazatlan!

    (Alejandro related that his Friday catch was one marlin, two sailfish and a cabrilla that was probably 35 pounds -- to have our first fish be another marlin puts things in a different light.)

    What's up with this El Nino marlin season? They have been hiding for the past two months and half; the marlin I have personally witnessed on hook and line were caught deep on yellowtail rigs. When your ten ounces of lead and foot long mackerel stop going down halfway to the bottom, you might be looking at another Loreto marlin attack!

    The rest of our day and for many other boats as well, it was zooming and fishing, only to come home with a good assortment of bottom fish.

    The pinto bass this season are bigger than I have seen in years. Barred pargo, cabrilla and triggers are the most frequently-caught fish.

    I have been listening to the radio chatter and today there has been some hot firecracker action on live mackerel at Puerto Almeja.

    Last week there were a few good days for the boats at the right spot at the right time . . . isn't that the way it always works?...Rick Hill, Pinchy Sportfishing

    Magdalena Bay

    Our Loreto Shores buddies, Rick and Tim, checked in after their trip to the Pacific side. They reported “rock and rolling” weather and some good fishing to go along with it. Wind and swells back and forth from Lopez Mateos to the Thetis Banks but the rewards were wahoo to 35 pounds and dorado to 24 pounds. …Rick Hill, Pinchy Sportfishing

    La Paz


    After a few days of drizzle and rain, the sun was back out blazing yesterday and the tuna started biting better! John McVay makes a yearly trek to see us and to fish with Captain Jorge. He shows off some of his catch from yesterday at Bahia de Los Muertos. …Jonathan Roldan, Tailhunter

    East Cape

    Guests and visitors alike gathered the beach late afternoon to assist Omar Araiza from Grupo Tortuguero Los Barriles sending young turtles on their life journey. Rancho Leonero Resort

    The most unlikely suspects that have been a welcome surprise are amberjack and yellow. They have been bending rods for a couple of months now and putting big smiles on anglers faces. …Team Jen Wren


    When we arrived at the hotel, several guys said that the fishing was slow. The fishing was just fine in my opinion! Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday it was consistent throughout the day. Wednesday started out strong but faded by mid-morning. Every day there would be several boats that killed it -- some boats with a few fish -- and a few with none. …Rob


    San José del Cabo

    Fall Season seemed to arrive overnight, we are in the midst of the traditional busiest angling season. Tournaments are now underway and the largest event of all, the Bisbee’s Black and Blue is slated for next week, this is the event where teams compete for possible multimillion dollar payouts. Ocean water temperature is ranging from 85 to 88 degrees, swells have been moderate, winds very light and all around conditions very favorable, with clean water found within a mile or two or shore.

    Despite such great conditions, the fishing action was more sporadic, not as consistent as we would expect for this time of year, this powerful el Nino current has all normal patterns mixed up. Bait has been scattered as well, no significant resource for sardina now, limited supplies, caballito and slabs of giant squid have been most common options.

    For much of the past week local fleets found the best action to be within one mile of shore off of Punta Gorda. This area was attracting both panga and cruiser fleets, this is where everyone congregated. Main species being encountered was yellowfin tuna, most of these tuna were in the 15 to 35 lb. class. Striking on striped squid or sardina, when available. The yellowfin would come up to feed in flurries, often early in the morning, then slowing down, maybe with a couple of other feeding frenzies later in the morning. The key was to be at the right place when they did go on the bite. Average catch ranged from one tuna, to four or five. Not everybody was catching the tuna every day, even top skippers had tough days. Though these were decent quality of yellowfin, considering they were found so close to shore. Heavy pressure, limited bait, etc..made this bite become tougher latter in the week and now boats were again searching out more distance grounds.

    Bottom action consisted mainly for monster sized triggerfish and some rare pompano, these fish were striking just as were the tuna, while drift fishing close to shore off of Punta Gorda. A handful of barred pargo, yellow snapper and cabrilla rounded out the structure action.

    On local grounds off of San Jose del Cabo, there were sailfish and some striped marlin, a couple smaller sized blue marlin. No inshore action to speak of now, though a local shore fishermen landed a world class 44 lb. snook off of the La Playita, el Faro stretch.…Eric Brictson, Gordo Banks Pangas.

    Los Cabos

    They show what appears to be juvenile sailfish caught a couple of days ago by bait guys off of Los Barriles. If it can be proved that the Los Cabos and East Cape are reproduction area for billfish, commercial longliners and tuna seiners would have to be redirected or banned in order to allow these fish to breed and reproduce. We have been seeing many small fish the last two weeks. Scientists will be on the docks tomorrow. They are asking that we keep a small fish for study. A piece of fin and muscle will also be very helpful. Even if you are not fishing with us you can bring sample by the Pisces office and we will keep on ice for the scientists. …Pisces Sportfishing


    Fishing with Ray Douglas of King Sailfish Mounts for the DESTINATION : BAJA SUR TV series on the awesome Picante Fishing Fleet in Cabo, Ray landed this huge yellowfin on a live bait on a COUSINS 30 lb. Marlin Baiter 8' rod, and a very smooth performance by the AVET two speed 5 series reel. AFW 50 lb. braided line, and AFW florocarbon 80 lb. topshot. Great work Ray..!!! We didn't weigh it but this photo tells the story.. BIG FISH.. Small tackle..

    Shark Bitten Tuna! Long time Pisces angler Rick Walsh, from Cleveland, was out aboard Pisces Valerie about 30 miles out from Land's End trolling a small blue and white Hoochi (squid lure) when it was slammed by a large tuna. Rick went to work, reeling hard, knowing he was in for a long fight if the fish managed to get its head turned away, even though it was down deep. After about 20 minutes of muscle tiring work, the crew and angler realized something had changed. The line went slack. Then they spotted coming up from the depths -- four or five pilot sharks that were attacking the fish which was now as a dead weight as they reeled it towards the boat; the guys wanted this fish and they did not plan on sharing their hard work with freeloaders. Captain Roberto quickly put the boat into reverse to scare the sharks off and they successfully got it on board, albeit missing a few pounds. …Pisces sportfishing

    Just a quick one today as it is tournament time and I am really busy! Anyway, the report period started out with excellent tuna action but has tapered off a bit for most charters -- decent action was seen on striped marlin and sailfish, a few blue and black marlin were reported. We had occasional, decent action on dorado offshore and inshore action mostly consisted of bonito and skipjack with an occasional dorado and bottom fish in the mix. …Captain George Landrum

    It was a very good fishing week from Cabo San Lucas, and as usual, there were the have and have nots in the various sportfishers. We are working on a new reporting system that will help us to reflect the numbers of billfish being released by the various sportfishers.

    Air temps varied from 76 nights to 94 daytime highs and a 68% humidity level. Rained all day on Monday and Tuesday, turning to bright sunny conditions through the remainder of the week.

    Pacific side, from the Finger Bank to Jaime Bank all at 85 to 86 degrees. Cristobal, (on the Pacific side) to Los Frailes, (on the Sea of Cortez side) all at 87 to 88 degrees. On a north-south line from the 1000 Fathom Curve, in across the 1150 Fathom Spot to Gorda Banks, and about 5 miles in width, all at 89 to 90 degrees. Surface breezes varied through the week ranging from near calm mornings to 15 mph.

    All of the regular "hot spots," including Cabo Falso Lighthouse area, Jaime Bank and Herradura were producing the best of the billfish bite, but oddly enough, no blue marlin reflected this past week.

    Live bait, rigged bait and artificials were all producing action with the billfish and dorado. Tuna were taken on live bait at the Jaime Bank.

    Good live bait supply for caballito at the $3.00 per bait rate….Larry Edwards, Cortez Charters
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    Thanks for a great detailed report!! I'll be in Cabo early november...First time...excited for sure.
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